The following are the highlights of his interview.
In an opening statement:
Most significantly right now our thoughts are with Michele Konkoly and her family as she’s wrestling with her recovery from her fall earlier in the week.
On the 2010 Campus Plan:
Our position is that what we’ve submitted a very modest plan. It calls for a cap on undergraduate enrollment and an overall cap on growth in terms of enrollment. In every way we believe this is a very modest plan. We recognize that that is not the position that is viewed by our neighbors and we expect a continuing conversation between now and mid-April when we have our formal hearing before the board of zoning.
A shout out to a recently formed student group supporting the plan:
I am very pleased that on their own initiative that a group of our students have started an online effort to enlist student support for the University Campus Plan. I’m grateful for that because we could use the support.
In response to his absence from the media after the Harbin drug incident:
Well, we were dealing with it in what we thought was the most proportionate manner and in a university community where we have lots of shared responsibility we thought that as a main campus matter that it was most appropriate that Todd Olson and Jim O’Donnell were the folks provided the immediate responses to that. Again, as a question of proportionality, we felt it was a very proportionate response to do it in that way.
On Dr. Porterfield’s departure and replacement:
He is irreplaceable. We will do our best to ensure that the functions he has provided can be most appropriately addressed. I will evaluate who among our current folks are able to take on some additional responsibility. We will not do a search to replace [Dr. Porterfield].
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